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May 10, 2017

Real Weight vs Water Weight: What's the Difference?

If you're trying to lose weight, you have probably noticed that the number on the scale is slightly higher at night compared to first thing in the morning. It's not as though our bodies have figured out some miraculous weight-loss technique during sleep. Although you may be a little lighter in the early hours, it is usually linked to water!

Why is understanding water weight important?

Knowing what your weight gain is linked to will help you hone in on the best method to lose those added pounds. For example, exercising more while continuing to consume high amounts of sodium will not help you lose excess water weight.

Learn the difference between real fat weight vs water weight.

How do you know if you've just lost water weight, or actual fat?

When it's probably water weight:

  • If you've gained anywhere from around one to five pounds overnight.
  • If your body fat percentage has decreased, but your weight has increased.
  • If your extremities (hands and feet), are swollen or puffy.

When it's probably fat:

  • If your body fat percentage has increased, and your weight has increased as a result.
  • If your weight gain has been gradual.

What to SUBTRACT from your diet (or change) to reduce water weight:

What to ADD to your diet to reduce water weight:

  • Water.
    Drink more water, and adjust your intake according to your activity level. It may seem a little counter-intuitive, but drinking plenty of water helps flush out excess sodium that's in your system. A body that is well-hydrated is less likely to hold on to excess water.
  • Potassium.
    Banana, oranges, tomatoes, and spinach are excellent sources of potassium. Salt and potassium work together, and making sure you're eating enough means your body will be more willing to let go of any excess and yes, that includes any additional water.
  • True Citrus!
    Drinking water is easy when you add the taste of fresh squeezed citrus! Made with only simple and clean ingredients, real citrus juice and oils, and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, True Citrus products are a fantastic way to minimize your salt and sugar intake. Our zero to low calorie drink mixes help to boost daily hydration, and our salt free seasoning blends add a pop of citrus flavor to all your dishes without increasing your sodium intake.

Cut the water weight with True Citrus.